Q: Why did you decide to run for the City Council and what do you feel you offer the residents of Imperial Beach?
A: My name is Valerie Acevez and I am running for Mayor 2018.
I have been a resident of Imperial Beach since 1964. We came to Imperial Beach with our parents who were transferred through the Navy. I went to West View Elementary, Mar Vista Jr High, and graduated from Mar Vista High School in 1975. I have been married 39 years to Daniel Acevez and we have three children, Daniel Jr, Aaron, and Amber. There are seven grandchildren between the three. Aaron and Amber went to the same schools as I did, and played little league and girls softball in Imperial Beach. Aaron played water polo, Amber played softball in High School. Currently there are three generations of my family here. Daniel is a retired Chief in the Navy and currently working at Solar Turbines. We hold memberships in all three organizations in the city and are actively involved.
I am the owner of San Diego Manufactured Housing. I moved my office here to my home in Imperial Beach from Chula Vista in 2014. I am past president of the Kiwanis Imperial Beach, the current president of the Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce, and an active member of the Womans Club. I volunteer on a regular basis in many events including Thanksgiving Dinner at the Boys and Girls Club, Sandcastle Ball, Christmas Comes to IB, Easter Eggs Event and other events as needed.
I am running for Mayor of Imperial Beach because I believe voters need options in planning and shaping their own destiny without outside influence. My support is community based.
Most residents want safe neighborhoods, access to services, clean water and manageable development.
As an active member of the community, I represent all families. It is important to me that we provide resources for our families, including military as they transition into our community, making sure there are available resources for housing, schooling, child care, and job opportunities.
As president of the Chamber, I recognize all businesses, big and small, bring jobs and tax revenue to our city. The retainment and recruitment of all businesses is critical to our economic vitality. Smart development along the transportation corridor makes sense as long as we strive to maintain our small, beach town atmosphere.
There needs to be more opportunities for our residents to be involved in a cooperative process with our local government. There is a pent-up demand for this inclusion. I fully support all inclusionary methods of resident involvement. I will be available and open. I will represent the city and residents with lawful leadership.
I offer the residents experience, leadership, and a knowledge of Imperial Beach based on my longevity in the community. As an active member of the community, I have worked with several community leaders and serve on several committees that have given me the advantage to know what the community wants.
I am honored to be able to be part of this American tradition and look forward to being your Mayor